Hello to FLL teams in Virginia and the District of Columbia! I am the VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor for this year's Food Factor challenge. I can help you find answers to questions about this year's Robot Game in the four game documents, and I'll let you know if we need to have any rulings specific to VA/DC FLL. To get things started, I'd like to point out one Mission, one Rule, and some Advice. MISSION: Read the Rules page, Field Setup page, and the Updates page. Please! Knowledge Is Power. Rule 28 — PRECEDENCE/AUTHORITY - You get information about the robot game from more than one place. Once in a while, information from different places conflicts. So here is the order of precedence for the sources: 1 = CURRENT Robot Game Updates, 2 = Missions and Field Setup, 3 = Rules Advice: READ EVERYTHING - All else held equal, experts on the four main documents of the Robot Game do better and have more fun. Read these well, and come back to them often: Field Setup, Missions, Rules, Updates. What's the point? Each of these documents has information that will help your team to do its best and not have surprises at a regional or championship tournament. Here is a getting started tip for this year's game: Mat setup--center the mat in the east-west direction (between the short walls). Align the mat so there is no gap between the mat and the South wall. Please note that the Field Setup instructions tell you how to change the way the Contamination Risk dispensers are built. Plus there are several updates about model construction and dual-lock attachment. There was a very large and entertaining set of updates today. Read them and enjoy at http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/robotgameupdates Steve Scherr VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor [log in to unmask] -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-ANNOUNCEMENTS-l.html to subscribe.